In the midst of our pandemic situation and everyone staying safe at home, we paused on publishing these senior features. We didn’t know what we would be able to do in the terms of a recital and recognition for these incredible kids, and we wanted to wait to give them the spotlight on the blog until we knew a little more about what the end of this season will look like.
Senior Year at The Pointe
For many dancers, dancing all the way through their senior year is a big goal and a major accomplishment – many of our graduating seniors started dancing with us when they were in preschool! We are beyond grateful for the opportunity to be a part of their lives for so long and to get to watch them grow up into confident, thoughtful, and hard-working young adults.
Senior year is a special one – many of our seniors take classes and serve as Junior Faculty at The Pointe – assisting in Dance & Discover or Level 1 and 2 classes and even helping with some competition practices over studio breaks. Seniors are all featured on canvases in the lounge that will be graduation gifts for them showcasing their well-earned skill and artistry in dance.
This year, we are dedicating a senior showcase to these dancers at the end of our Red Carpet Recital Experience week. They’ll perform their senior solos, you’ll get to see their senior dance, and our live-streamed performance from the studio will be a special opportunity for our community and family and friends from afar to send messages to these dancers congratulating them on all of their successes in dance, school, and other activities and wishing them well as they prepare for their next chapter.
Our senior showcase will stream LIVE on our studio’s Facebook page on Friday, June 5, at 5 PM. We expect it to be about one hour in length – mark your calendars for an event that will be one we’ll remember for a long time to come.
Senior Feature: Madyson LeVelle
Madyson’s Dance Bio
Madyson LeVelle has been dancing at the studio since she was in preschool. She has been a member of our competitive program for several years, and also competes and performs on the Center Point-Urbana dance team and in show choir. Madyson is currently taking Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, and competes a contemporary solo, in production, and in our hip hop small group this season.
“I have loved watching Mady grow up at the studio. I first met her when she was in elementary school and have always seen her dedication to growing as a dancer and to her teammates and classmates. She is a valued teammate in Company – welcoming new dancers to the team with open arms, making sure everyone has a friend in class, and giving her best effort in classes and rehearsals consistently. Mady is a joy to be with – she’s a loyal friend, a hardworking student, and a gifted performer. She is determined, inclusive, and willing to do everything she can for her team.”– Miss Vanessa
In Her Own Words…
1. How long have you been dancing?
I have been dancing at studio since I was 3 years old. I joined the school dance team when I was 12 and then show choir when I was 14. Collectively, I have been dancing for 15 years.
2. What is your favorite dance that you have performed?
My favorite dance I ever performed was “Dum Dum”. This was Intermediate Hip Hop choreographed by Miss Vanessa.
3. Favorite dance memory?
My favorite dance memory was when me and my sister performed our duet for the last time at a competition and we got 3rd place and a judges choice award!
4. Favorite genre of dance?
I love hip hop.
5. Finish this sentence: I love dancing because…
I love dancing because I get to express myself and be around the girls who I love so much.
6. What are you looking forward to the most in finishing out your senior year in dance?
I’m looking forward to my last year of competition! I can’t wait to go out and leave it all on the stage.
7. Plans after High School?
I plan on going to Kirkwood for 2 years and then transferring to the University of Iowa to be a Pediatric Surgeon.
8. Advice for younger dancers?
My advice for younger dancers would be to not be afraid to try new things! You’ll never know if you love them or not. If you are super interested in taking a hip hop or contemporary class but you are scared. Go for it. You’ll end up regretting it if you don’t.
Congratulations, Mady! We are all so proud of you.